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January 17, 2020

After four days of driving (we try to limit drive time to four hours a day out of deference to the cats and old joints), we are in Florida. 

We left in beautiful snow ...

... and arrived in a sultry heat wave.

For the last several days, we've been apartment hunting with Ben, our youngest. He has a job lined up in Jacksonville after graduation (yay!), and as we were on our way to Orlando to see my brother's family anyway, we flew him down for a few days to start scouting apartments.

When I was his age, I was barely squeaking by; the first jobs I had after college paid next to nothing (so muc...

December 30, 2019

"But where will the kids come for Christmas?" my sister asked me. We were still working toward moving into the camper full time, and we had talked about celebrating Christmas at our elder daughter's house in Harrisonburg. But one of the kids would later remark that it would be strange to not celebrate Christmas at Aunt Leslie and Uncle David's. For years, the family had gathered there, and our kids barely remembered celebrating anywhere else (I managed to host once).

As the holidays approached, we decided that we'd invade our daughter Zoe's house for Thanksgiving--it would only be five o...

December 10, 2019

Why does it always feel colder when it rains? We woke up to a hovering gray sky, and shortly after we walked the dogs, it started to rain, and has rained pretty much all day. And it has just felt chilly. I guess we could have turned the heat up, but propane gets expensive. And we have run out in the middle of the night a couple of times, something I'd rather not do again, thank you.

But that made it a good day for getting little inside jobs done, like reorganizing tools, sorting hardware, replacing lights and, of course ...

... making soup. Definitely a soup-and-grilled-cheese kind of day...

December 6, 2019

Before our house of 25 years ever made it to market, we had an offer from a young Air Force officer and his wife (we're calling them Jack and Annie). But we had no idea--NO IDEA--how much still remained to be done. 

Still, Jack had said we were free to stay in the house until they took possession at the end of July. Things kicked into high gear to get the rest of the work done and to get our stuff downsized, sorted, packed, moved and stored.

But it seemed like, no matter how much we trashed or gave away, there was still more! I finally decided I was no longer washing anything just to give...

October 28, 2019

I have sadly neglected this blog for the last year, while we worked on the camper and the house and moving our lives into storage and oh goodness, where to start?

So much has happened in the last several months ... but most of it was trying to get ourselves out of a house we'd lived in for 25 years and in which we'd raised four children. Between four kids, a houseful of pets and two full-time jobs, there never seemed to be time to go through old clothes and toys and ... Things piled up. And up. And UP. So there were long hours of sorting and packing and donating and it just never seemed...

April 24, 2019

I know. I disappeared. For almost a year. But when the contractor shows up and you are desperately trying to stay one step ahead of workers, inside and out, and you're trying to work on your camper, too, and you have new kittens (of your own, plus fosters) and you're not young so there are these annoying medical issues that crop up, and there were the foundation issues that required holes six feet deep all along the side of the house, and the permit issues because two contractors didn't get them when they were supposed to and we had to apply for exceptions and ... We just got insanely b...

June 29, 2018

One of the first things we wanted to replace in our camper was the trim, the lovely fluted trim, especially the part with the padded blue inserts.  (I know--don't you just love it?  Who dreams up this stuff?)  It HAD to go!  

It appeared to be attached to a backer board that supported the rubber seal, so it didn't appear to be structural.  Not having a clue at the time how it was attached, I started out with the claw of a hammer trying to pry the corner trim pieces off ... I worked that sucker for the next couple of visits, and finally split it--and discovered it was...

May 30, 2018

It was 2004.  Our newly adopted siblings from Vietnam, 5 and 10, wanted a cat they could cuddle, and our older cats were having none of it. So we decided to adopt a kitten, a black one, since we knew they were harder to place. Our newest kids and I went to Lillie's house, where there were a bunch of foster kittens; Len would meet us there. Lillie is with Animal Allies, a wonderful rescue that fosters its cats (we have fostered for them), so they are loved and cared for while they wait for their forever families.

Several years before, we had adopted our dear red girl, Kelli, from them for...

May 8, 2018

Hi there. Remember me?

I know, it’s been a very long time since I posted a blog, and shame on me.  Sometimes, life just gets in the way!  And because it’s been so cold, we haven’t been able to work on the floor in the camper anyway (the planks can’t be installed if they've been below 50 degrees for several hours, too brittle, I guess).  But we did fix an interesting problem recently.

While on a visit to check on the camper during the cold weather, we noticed something odd: the long slide (13 feet) was bowing, both top and bottom.  The top center was curving down, while the floor...

February 13, 2018

Good news late last week! Art called from the Holly Acres service department. The work to repair the water damage on our retirement-home-on-wheels is almost done (thank you Ira!), and it didn't cost as much as expected--YAY! Soon, we'll be able to get back in there and finish up our living room/kitchen, and move on to the bed and bath.

Meanwhile, however, there's another project that I've put off for far too long: painting the chairs to my parents' dining room set.

My daughter and I refinished the table a couple of years ago, but the chairs all needed to be reglued and then painted ... on...

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